Development of fluorescent magnetic nanoparticles for tracking and monitoring stem cells in tissue engineering


At UCL, we have been working in development of tissue using nanocomposite 3D scaffold and stem cell technology. The aim of this project is development of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) including quantum dots (Qdots) for tracking and monitoring stem cells in organs inside bioreactors before transplanted to the body.

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Biological Areas:

Cell Biology
Chemical Biology


Genes, development and STEM approaches to biology
Molecules, cells and industrial biotechnology